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Puerto Vallarta
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Malecon which includes a coastal town, markets and street scenes

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Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) is open. Enhanced cleaning protocols and social distancing guidelines are in place. For more information about measures at the airport, see Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) and Acciones de seguridad GAP.

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Swim, snorkel or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular vacation spots in sunny Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is an oceanfront city on the west coast of Mexico. The area began as a collection of sleepy fishing and pearl-diving villages. Today, the city and surrounding parts of the Bay of Banderas (Bahía de Banderas) are popular with tourists as a resort destination. You will find a range of outdoor family activities here, from water sports to secluded beaches and botanical gardens.

The Bay of Banderas is a 62-mile (100-kilometer) stretch of beach with rocky outcrops, white sand and clear water. Puerto Vallarta is the largest community here, and is home to the elegant Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Snorkel or scuba dive off the coast and see manta rays, sea bass and dolphins.

Las Caletas is a small, private beach accessible only by water. Take the Vallarta Adventures catamaran to go on hikes in the jungle, visit a small zoo and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. The beach is the former private residence of Hollywood director John Huston.

Take an evening stroll along the Malecon, the pedestrian promenade that lines the Puerto Vallarta coast. The area is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists and is lined with restaurants, street performers and food vendors. Enjoy a cool tejuino, a local drink made with fermented corn, or buy grilled fish by the skewer.

The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens give insight into the local wildlife and vegetation. The gardens include conservation areas dedicated to the blue agave plant, used in tequila production, as well as native vanilla orchids.

Puerto Vallarta is particularly popular between January and March. Gostavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is a short bus trip from the city center. Get around the city on foot or by local buses, which are cheap and run frequently. Try taco stands for cheap street food, or the cafés and restaurants in the old town for sit-down meals.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Puerto Vallarta page.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
4 out of 5
Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio km 2.5, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $210 per night from May 16 to May 16
Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cruise Ship Terminal and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Bay of Banderas are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,377 reviews)
"This resort is located in the Mexican state of Jalisco in Puerto Vallarta. It offers direct access to the beach and is only a 5 minute walk to La Isla Mall. Everyone, no matter the location, are very friendly and helpful. When booking make sure you ask lots of questions as "all inclusive" doesn't ..."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Barra de Navidad Km 4.5, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is $239 per night from May 25 to May 25
Nestled on the beach, this South Shore Hotel Area resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Punta Negra Beach, Garza Blanca Beach, and Playa Gemelas. Playa de los Muertos ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,073 reviews)
"My stay here was pretty good, Juan was the person over the activities during the day. He made it more fun! I wish they had better alcoholic drinks. If you didn't have the Vip access to get the premium liquor you would literally have to drink a lot time to get tipsy. Overall the views were amazing! ..."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Vallarta - Adults Only All inclusive
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta - All Inclusive
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de los Cocoteros 19, Villa 8, Bahia de Banderas, Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta, NAY
The price is $341 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Nuevo Vallarta, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Paradise Plaza Shopping Center and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (745 reviews)
"Muy bonito el lugar, la playa, la gente. Excelente servicio de todo el personal."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel Villas Sayulita
Hotel Villas Sayulita
2.5 out of 5
Calle Rosalio Tapia esquina Sábalo, Sayulita, NAY
The price is $32 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in North End, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanzal Hill and Sayulita Square. Sayulita Farmers Market and Sayulita Beach are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (55 reviews)
"Having a nice outdoor breakfast! And very quiet area to rest."

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Hotel Villas Sayulita
Los Tules Villas del Sol
Los Tules Villas del Sol
2.5 out of 5
Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio Km, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is $84 per night from May 10 to May 10
Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Caracol and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (322 reviews)
"My second time at Los Tules. The wait staff is amazing and the food is fantastic!"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Los Tules Villas del Sol
Amapas Apartments Puerto Vallarta
Amapas Apartments Puerto Vallarta
3 out of 5
Amapas 115, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is $45 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Romantic Zone, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Cruise Ship Terminal and Los Arcos are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (286 reviews)
"Liked that it was just a few steps from the beach. DISLIKED parking - street parking only and there is NO WHERE to park. Had to walk blocks to park in a very expensive parking garage."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Amapas Apartments Puerto Vallarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Puerto Vallarta

By far the easiest way to get around the Puerto Vallarta area is by taxi. As fares are relatively low, this is a less indulgent option than in many other destinations. Take a water taxi for something a bit different. Public buses are another alternative, and the network is cheap and easy to use. Although you can rent a car at the airport, this is rarely necessary and can end up being quite expensive. Browse Puerto Vallarta rental cars.

Best time to visit

Different people will prefer Puerto Vallarta at different times of the year. If you are interested in whale watching, be sure to visit between December and March so you can spot these impressive animals. Note that this is high season, so there will be bigger crowds and higher room rates. Enjoy a quieter break by visiting between April and June. This is the off-season, but the weather will still be good.

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Reviews of Puerto Vallarta

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5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 30, 2020

Food, shops, quaintness, charm, all so great. Very few bumbs, great weather, great beaches, lots to do. I hope to retire there, at least part time in the future. And they have a COSTCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2020

Beautiful city, very safe and clean, friendly people and beautiful beaches!

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 7, 2020

Other people at other places in Puerto Vallarta were very friendly and happy to see tourist

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Very peaceful and relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

Excellent, safe, clean and the most friendly people you can meet.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

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